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Who is the real McLean?

Since her parents' bitter divorce, McLean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move-four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother's new family, McLean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now
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Hardcover, 402 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Viking Juvenile (first published May 10th 2010)
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Mily
Sep 14, 2011 Mily rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
I miss the Sarah Dessen who wrote This Lullaby and The Truth About Forever. What happened?
Nomes
What Happened to Goodbye has no huge inciting incident or great source of tension. Instead the book quietly unfolds in layers: each time Dessen revisits a scene/sub-plot, she goes just a little bit further than the previous time ~ giving more depth and insight into her characters lives, relationships and what makes them the way they are. Ad infintum and you reach the resolution: where Dessen has begun with isolated characters she ends with a motley group of friends who have bonded and each come ...more
Melannie :)
OHMYGOSH, *squeals*

seriously can't wait anymore,
I have been waiting for a new book by her since, what was it? 2009? I CAN'T EVEN REMEMBER

I want to read this book NOW *cries*

LOVE SARAH DESSEN.


COVER IS AWESOME.
Vinaya
I ♥ Sarah Dessen. That is all.

Okay, I lie. That is NOT all. How could I use only six words when the possibility of six hundred exists? My lawyer genes would go into revolt!

I really, really liked What Happened to Goodbye. In fact, it just might rank up there with my other Dessen favourites, Just Listen and The Truth about Forever.

Generally, I tend to like Dessen heroes better than Dessen heroines. It was Owen and Wes who really lit up Just Listen and The Truth About Forever for me. Surprisingly,
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Janina
I finished this book yesterday afternoon when I was sitting in the waitingroom at my doctor's office and really had nothing else to do ... which probably says enough.

Seriously, I consider myself a Sarah Dessen fan. I have read almost all of her books and enjoyed the majority of them – to various degrees. What Happened To Goodbye, however, was a huge disappointment for me. The beginning was great, the whole set-up, the restaurant setting, but then ... the whole thing just fizzled out around page
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Cara
Does Sarah Dessen still have the awesome stuff? Oh yeah. No doubt or question about it.

This time around we're gonna get to follow the story of a girl named Mclean. She comes from parents that go through a tabloid worthy divorce. Going against the norm Mclean decides to stay with her dad, and up to this point has been through four moves with him. Four different girls for each move. But this fourth move is going to be distinctly different because for the first time in long while she is going to b
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Arlene
Must read for Sarah Dessen fans.

My deep like for What Happened to Goodbye comes down to one thing... the protag McLean Sweet. I liked her for lots of reasons and not just because I can relate to her determination to not look down until she identifies a constellation or two when looking up at a starry sky, or because like McLean I’ve never been one to just put myself out there on day one. Also it’s not just because we both have a name you’ve got to live up it, yeah some days it’s not all sweet an
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Yue [Wonder of living]
OHMIGAWSH. *SQUEEEEEE* 8D Lol ;)
I. CAN'T. FREAKING. WAIT!!! Sarah Dessen rocks my socks! :D AHHHHHHH!!! XD

UPDATE: THE COVER LOOKS AMAZING!!!!!! XD

AS OF NOW, THE BOOK IS OUT.:D IT'S WAITING FOR ME AT THE LIBRARY. MUST. GO. NOW.

***REVIEW***

Another awesome love story from the wonderful Sarah Dessen. She never ceases to amaze me.:) This wasn't my favorite, but I loved it anyhow. I was reading it all of first through third period. Tsk tsk, I know. Shame on me. But it was totally worth it.:)
Ash
Great, now I have to wait another billions years (okay, probably more like 2) for another Sarah Dessen book. Get cracking Dessen! Really though, the reason why so many people love her books are because she just gets it. She deals with problems that not only teenagers but anyone can relate to in some way.

Quick Overview: Another move for Mclean just means another persona. After her parents’ divorce Mclean and her father move around as he works as a restaurant consultant. Two years and four schools
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Mary Ann
Aug 01, 2010 Mary Ann marked it as to-read
Finally! I've been waiting for her to write a new book since along for the ride came out!!
Thomas
What Happened to Goodbye is another hit from the queen of young-adult realistic fiction, Sarah Dessen. As with all of her books, readers can expect a moving story filled with cleverly drawn characters and the perfect touch of romance.

In her tenth novel, Dessen details the story of Mclean Sweet - also known as Liz Sweet, Beth Sweet, etc. After her parents' divorce she travels from town to town with her dad, assuming a new identity each time. Things are different at Lakeview, though. Mclean may ju
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Margaret Stohl
So I automatically read every Sarah Dessen, who is super good at being Sarah Dessen. The guy will be quirky and loveable. A family will somehow be destroyed and put back together. The food service industry will likely appear, as will the beach. Knowing that these things will happen is like knowing that macaroni and cheese will not let me down in a time of need. At least, it never has yet...
Alyssa
Aug 17, 2011 Alyssa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who suffer too much real-life excitement and need something to sleep on.
Disappointment. In the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of 2004, the verb “disappoint” is defined as such: to fail to fulfill the expectation or hope of –

I don’t know what exactly went wrong with this book. Maybe Dessen’s becoming lazy – her last three books have left me mourning after her better novels – or maybe she’s just running out of “ever-powerful” things to talk about. Whatever it is that made this book lackluster in the eyes of a dear fan, it’s got to be put to bed here and now. I can’t wat
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Brianne Carter
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Joy
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Shelia
I have an ARC...oh yes, be jealous. Be very jealous.
Amelia
Originally posted on The Authoress: Book Review and More.


So after having read nine of her previous novels, I may bit a bit biased but I really love Sarah Dessen’s new book. If you haven’t read any Sarah Dessen books before (I pray for your deprived soul), then this review is mostly for you. But if you’re a long time running fan of Sarah Dessen, then all you have to know is that this book doesn’t disappoint. In fact, you should already know that cause you should have already bought and read it by
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Steph Su
Do you know the Sarah Dessen formula? An “everygirl” with an unusual name; a strained parent-daughter relationship full of misunderstandings; narration that at many times has its typical, literal meaning, along with a larger thematic one; and a nice-boy love interest. Despite the predictability of the elements, however, Dessen never, ever, ever fails to deliver a poignant and teen-pleasing read. Her tenth novel, WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE, will satisfy old and new fans.

There is probably no other c
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Lauren (Lauren Reads YA)
Aug 15, 2011 Lauren (Lauren Reads YA) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Shelves: i-own
Check out my book blog for more reviews!

What Happened To Goodbye was a great contemporary read, just like every other book of hers.

Mclean, the main character, always changes her personality according to where she just moved, but in Lakeview, Mclean finds herself not creating a new identity but actually being herself. And eventually, she discovers that home is not a location, but it’s the people that you love around you.
I really loved the setting; the little restaurant Mclean’s dad is trying to
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Katie
Okay, so there are usually two complaints when it come to Sarah Dessen's books.

Number 1: It's no Truth About Forever / This Lullaby / Just Listen / etc.

Look, a lot of things aren't like the Truth About Forever. That's like bitching at Monet because everything he did wasn't The Water Lillies or something. The Truth About Forever is a rare book, and that doesn't mean that Dessen's other work is as good or as comforting on a rainy day.

Number 2: They're all the same!

I can tell you the plot of a maj
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Mel (who is deeply in love with herself)
I love Young Adult-geared novels which have realistic relationships within them. I love that there was no instantaneous attraction between McLean and Dave, but that it built up after they got to know each other.

I completely adored the side-relationship between McLean's father and (view spoiler). Once again, from their interactions, you could feel the sexual attraction growing.

One last thing: I cried in this book. Full-on. Towards the end, predictably. In a way, the m
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Anna
This is one great book, I swear. I love Mclean Sweet so much. She's not that bitchy, brat, selfish kind that a usual character be when dealing with a divorce. She's well, sweet and kind. ☺ I usually end up reading a Sarah Dessen book for about 2 days because it's usually long but clearly I just finished it for a day. Gosh, I really cannot tell how awesome this book is. I don't even know why I doesn't have much of a rate. But for me, definite 5 star.

I really love the characters how everybody just
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Alexis (The Literature Lion) Neuville
A NEW FAVORITE.

Full Review: link coming soon.

Much like in many of her other novels, Sarah Dessen delivers a plot so original and characters that fit perfectly into the story line. With raw emotion and amazing writing, this has to be one of her best novels yet!

McLean Elizabeth Sweet is making an attempt at a new life, every time her father moves for his job as a restaurant manager. She adapts a new life with each move, but this time around she's forced to be McLean. Living with her barely home fa
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Anne Osterlund
McLean is on her fourth move in two years, this time to the town of Lakeview where her dad is assigned to “fix” Luna Blu—a restaurant that functions slightly better than McLean’s life.

For every move, she chooses a new name: Elizabeth, Eliza, Beth, Liz. At least, Liz is her planned persona when she arrives in Lakeview.

But then she runs into this guy—or rather winds up rescued by him. And suddenly, without knowing how, she finds herself McLean again. But it’s been two years. Two years of moving, o
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laaaaames
Jul 26, 2011 laaaaames rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like fried pickles
Things Sarah Dessen loves: fried pickles

Things Sarah Dessen hates: NPR-listenin', seitan-eatin' liberals

Actually this book was pretty much a snoozefest, which is sad because just the way I watch Aaron Sorkin's later stuff I read Dessen's books thinking I might get riled up. I will give major props for the awesome Deb, and I liked Dave a lot too.

Oh, yeah, and anyone who's ever run a restaurant will tell you that the free items you give out to customers as they're arriving should never be somethin
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Laura
This doesn't need a lot of selling, because by now Sarah Dessen has a dedicated following and a recognizable formula: girl with some problem falls in love and resolves the problem by the end. What moved this from a 3 to a 4 for me was one scene directly out of Chas. Addams (you'll know it when you read it). Honestly, I never thought that I'd giggle over a Sarah Dessen book, but that one scene? Giggleable.

Maclean - or Liz, Beth, Lizbeth or Eliza - is the product of a Broken Marriage. Mom stayed "
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Eleanor
I loved the idea of this book - a drifting protagonist who goes where her father's work takes her, making herself a different person at each town before moving on again. Plus the dad is a super chef who is in charge of resurrecting failing restaurants. With Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares being a guilty pleasure of mine, I was ready to chow down on this 400 page goodie! As it turns out, this book turned out to be less yummy soulfood... more of a lukewarm burger. But it was still somewhat satisfying, ...more
Hannah
Feb 07, 2011 Hannah rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya, kids
After reading an essay Sarah Dessen recently wrote for CosmoGirl magainze on writing the perfect boy, it occurred just the extent to which she has this down to a science: her novels, at this point, are almost like essays in themselves, every point perfectly plotted, every bit of character development and every narrative device perfectly placed. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, I did stay up late finishing WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE, and maybe it's because I'm not 14 anymore, or maybe it's beca ...more
Tina
Original post at One More Page

Sarah Dessen is a comfort read. I learned to love the YA genre through her books, and even if I've read other good contemporary YA novels (hello John Green and Melina Marchetta), Sarah Dessen remains as the queen of my YA-novel loving heart. So there was really no question that I'd get her newest book, What Happened to Goodbye , in the blink of an eye. In fact, this is probably the most expensive ebook that I've purchased so far (it's $1 more expensive than the usua
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Jess Schira
After waiting two years for the release of Whatever Happened to Goodbye, I was very disappointed with it.
Technically speaking, the book should have been very good. It was written in Dessen’s traditional writing voice, which is very lyrical. It also showcased her enviable ability to effortlessly blend back story and present tense. The novel was well paced, had an angsty girl and cute guy, and also had the tiny homage’s that Dessen includes in most of her novels.

What the story lacked was a charact
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